Congressional Newsletters

RAND Congressional newsletters and alerts highlight our research on the most relevant issues in the public policy debate. See the most recent issues below.

  • Afghanistan

    In Case You Missed It: A Path Forward in Afghanistan

    Jun 14, 2018

    U.S. assistance to Afghanistan has been enormous in scale and complexity for more than a decade and a half. How can the United States increase stability in Afghanistan through civilian and security assistance and best advance U.S. national security objectives? RAND's Laurel Miller recommends a path forward.

  • Information Operations

    Countering Russian Social Media Influence in Eastern Europe

    May 29, 2018

    In Eastern Europe, Russia employs a sophisticated social media campaign that includes news tweets, nonattributed comments on web pages, troll and bot social media accounts, and fake hashtag and Twitter campaigns to influence populations and spread propaganda.

  • Emerging Technologies

    Additive Manufacturing and Future Security Threats

    May 10, 2018

    Additive manufacturing (AM)—colloquially known as 3D printing—refers to various methods for creating three-dimensional structures out of plastics, metals, polymers, and other materials that can be sprayed through a nozzle or aggregated in a vat. The spread of AM will bring with it both incredible benefits and new risks.

  • Global Security

    The Promises and Perils of Speed

    May 4, 2018

    Across the world, there is a profound sense that life is speeding up, and the faster life gets, the more we have to adjust our norms to keep pace. This ramped-up pace and how we react to it have the potential to fundamentally rework how we interact, think, and create.

  • Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Nuclear Stability

    May 2, 2018

    Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are enabling previously infeasible capabilities, potentially destabilizing the delicate balances that have forestalled nuclear war since 1945. Will these developments upset the nuclear strategic balance?

  • Veterans Health Care

    Are NY Health Care Providers Prepared to Meet the Needs of Veterans?

    May 1, 2018

    Are private health care providers in New York equipped to offer timely access to high-quality care that meets the needs of veterans? A new RAND study surveyed providers to better understand the state of overall provider readiness for the veteran population.

  • Traffic Accidents

    Zero Traffic Deaths by 2050

    Apr 23, 2018

    More than 100 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes every day. The traffic safety community is working together toward the goal of bringing that number down to zero by 2050. Scenario planning has uncovered several ways federal policymakers can help make the vision of zero traffic deaths a reality.

  • Enlisted Personnel

    What Deployment Experience Tells Us

    Apr 20, 2018

    Over the past 15 years, deployments have represented a key aspect of military service. However, because average time spent in a single deployment varies across the services, and service members' resilience to deployments may vary, deployment experience may need to be managed differently across services and personnel.

  • Military Force Planning

    Overcoming the Threats of Our Strategic Competitors

    Apr 13, 2018

    What weapon systems and posture enhancements should Congress and the Defense Department consider to prepare the United States for potential conflict? David Ochmanek provides recommendations for revising U.S. forces and force planning.

  • Low-intensity Conflict

    How Effective Are Limited Interventions?

    Mar 29, 2018

    The U.S. military has employed low-cost and small-footprint interventions in places like Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Congress and other policymakers need to determine just how effective these operations are.

  • Postsecondary Education

    Spotlight on Higher Education

    Mar 26, 2018

    Colleges and universities have an opportunity to improve their response to sexual assaults, emerging evidence from Texas community colleges on the effectiveness of corequisite models, and more in a roundup of RAND's work in higher education.

  • Cybersecurity

    In Case You Missed It: Data Thieves

    Mar 22, 2018

    In 2017, there were more than one thousand data breaches exposing over a billion records of sensitive data. What's happening to stolen data and how is it being monetized? Lillian Ablon addresses these concerns.